Bharti Airtel became the first service provider to launch 5G in India, in the capital city of New Delhi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the recently-concluded India Mobile Congress (IMC), the largest telecom event in India. Then the Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G service have gone live in 7 more cities of, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Siliguri, Nagpur and Varanasi.
“Airtel has been at the forefront of India’s telecom revolution for the last 27 years. Today marks one more step in our journey as we build out the finest network to deliver the best experience for our customers.
On the other hand, Indian full-service provider Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) has launched beta trials of its ‘True 5G’ service in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Varanasi,. Access to the service via Jio’s ‘True 5G Welcome Offer’ is available by invitation only. The development follows the launch of Bharti Airtel’s. In contrast to Airtel’s network, Jio’s system uses Standalone architecture (SA). Jio plans to launch 5G commercial services this month, and hopes to have nationwide coverage by December 2023.
In August, India held the 5G auction. Soon after, Airtel issued contracts for 5G to Ericsson Nokia. and Samsung. Airtel had already acquired 19,867.8MHz spectrum at 900MHz, 1800MHz. 2100MHz. 3300MHz and 26GHz frequency band. Jio works with Ericsson, Nokia, Cisco, and Qualcomm.
Vodafone Idea, India’s third largest service provider, is yet to announce the launch of 5G. and has not yet disclosed vendors for the network.